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The Long Run: Running is a Bad Boy (Justin Bobby)

Sometimes, running is a bad boy, that bad boyfriend you just can’t get away from. Have you ever had an ex that you just can’t quit? For some of us, that ex is running!

Sometimes Running is a Bad Boy (or Bad Boyfriend) just like Justin Bobby! Find out how at

The other day my lovely Canuck Ange had a great post about how she had taken a necessary break from running, but was starting back up. At the beginning of that post, she used this gif:

audrina from ange

For those who have been under a rock (or actually concerned with the real problems of the world), that is Audrina Patridge of The Hills fame, likely telling Justin Bobby (her ridiculous on/off amour) that she is breaking up with him. That happened quite a bit on the show. Well anyway, it got me thinking, and as I told Ange in the comments, I realized that, in fact,

Running = Justin Bobby.

justin bobby grin

How Running is a Bad Boy Like Justin Bobby

You always swore you would never be interesting in something/someone like him. And then, one day, you decided that it would be good for you to try something new. Maybe you wanted to loosen up mentally/tighten up physically, but you started to dabble.

The entire time that you were initially dabbling, you wonder why the f am I doing this?

justin bobby doesnt care

Your friends were in support of your dalliance at first, and then grew increasingly concerned as the frequency increased. Soon, it became a daily thing. You still weren’t sure why you were doing it–you hated it the entire time you were doing it/being with him, but when it was good, it was SO FREAKING GOOD. And afterwards, you felt oddly euphoric and also gross. You needed a shower and a beer.

Your eating increases as a way to cope. Particularly of sugary, carby things.

You stop paying attention to personal hygiene. And your wardrobe devolves to very casual things and jeans.

Things go really, really well for a time, and you see/get involved with JB/running more and more, and you are having so much fun.

audrina likes bad boys

And then, one day, it changes. Either you get hurt, or you just need space. So you take a break. A week later, you are back.  This time, you commit yourself to a greater, longer term relationship. You believe that you are the one that is different from all the other times before.

You get hurt. A) Either you know better, but continue anyway, or b) you do nothing wrong, and it just happens. So you sit and wait, and wish that you were with them, even though you know it is good for you to stay away. Your friends congratulate you and tell you that you are doing the right thing.

audrina hurting myself

Finally, the hurt seems gone, and you start again. Your friends are hopeful, but concerned. They want you to proceed with caution. You assure them that you are.

You jumped too quickly, get hurt again. You sit out again, this time a bit more scared to return to it. YOU ARE DONE!!!!!  But then he/it sucks you back in.

audrina caution

Things go well, lalalalalala love life. Then it happens again. DONE!!!!!!!!!!

This happens again and again, you hold out for different amounts of time each breakup.

Until you meet the right guy (hopefully), and get off the Justin Bobby roller coaster.

getting over justin bobby

Think about it, you know I’m right!

Running is a bad boy (friend) and I just can't quit! #running #runchat Click To Tweet

Can you relate? What is the Justin Bobby in your life?

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  • Reply Michele

    This is hysterical, and I can totally relate because embarrassingly, I’ve been known to rock out to “scorned lover” songs while on my long runs directed toward RUNNING of course. Yup, running is totally my Justin Bobby. Always will be πŸ™‚

    August 12, 2014 at 5:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And that is why we will always go back to it, even if we try out best not to!

      August 13, 2014 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Justin Bobby! The man so awesome, one first name alone could not hold handle his awesomeness. I’m off to go google/stalk what JB is up to nowadays.
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    August 12, 2014 at 5:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha he was certainly a….something. An enigma, that JB

      August 13, 2014 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Christy @My Dirt Road Anthem

    um, yes. I was so here a couple months ago, scorned lover songs were all about running, happily we reconciled and are dating again.

    August 12, 2014 at 6:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So glad that you all are back together! I hope that this time, running is reformed πŸ˜‰

      August 13, 2014 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    I have heard of The Hills, but only as a crap non-reality show that some people were actually surprised wasn’t ‘real’ (seriously?). Since I absolutely hate those shows, I have never even heard the name ‘Justin Bobby’ before …

    … and honestly don’t get the fascination people have with people/things like that. My whole thought is this: if every time you open the door someone gives you candy then hits you with a baseball bat … WHY would you continue opening the door when you know there are other ways to get that candy that don’t involve lumber to the forehead?

    Specific to running … I just love running. 25+ years. Yay. No downside.

    On my blog you will notice that there are people I talk about – my wife and boys (and pets) and sometimes my brother and his kids. I also have a sister, nieces, parents, and Lisa has a sister, nephew and niece, and mother (father died several years ago). Why don’t you read about them? Remember the lumber to the forehead thing? Um, yeah.
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    August 12, 2014 at 6:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can speak to all of these points: we watch because it is mindless (I never watched because I HAD TO KNOW but rather because it was on) and also because it is unfathomable that people would act in such a way. As for why we would continue to go back to those types of situations, I can only think about my own relationship with running, but also with riding. I go back becasue I know the pleasure and the determination that it culls in me, how it brings me to another level. I always horse showed again because I knew that I could do better. But I can’t tell you how many times I would be in tears after I messed up.
      And thank god there is something within us that keeps us from giving up (within reason)–otherwise Alex would have given up on me a long time ago πŸ˜‰
      I have loved running for a while, but it has not always loved me, and not every run is a honeymoon. But it a relationship, and we work on it πŸ˜€

      August 13, 2014 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I would say for me its work. Im sure others can relate. Sometimes I love it and other times I’m looking up classified adds. Guess you are not going to get everything 100% all the time.
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    August 12, 2014 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let me know what you find in those classifieds haha. Sometimes you find creeps but sometimes there are some real winners

      August 13, 2014 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Hahahaha! This is awesome- running is SO Justin Bobby!!!
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    August 12, 2014 at 7:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Glad you enjoyed!

      August 13, 2014 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Meranda@fairytalesandfitness

    I’ve never watched that show so I don’t know who Justin Bobby is but I agree that running is definitely like a relationship!
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    August 12, 2014 at 7:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t worry, JB is just the scapegoat

      August 13, 2014 at 10:50 am
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    Ha. Justin Bobby. Totally loved the Hills. I watched that special about Heidi and Spencer months ago about where they were now. Too funny. And every time I see Kristen Cavalleri on E! I wonder why she and Lauren battled over that Steven in Laguna Beach. He was nothing special. But, instead of Justin Bobby, I had a thing for Lauren’s Jason. He was bad boy enough for me πŸ™‚
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    August 12, 2014 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Jason was totally a bad boy, but JB was the nonchalant bad boy. I can’t even imagine being inside Spiedi’s brain. Kristin Cavilleri and Jay Cutler used to frequent the restaurant that I worked at haha

      August 13, 2014 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    This is the greatest post I have ever seen! I wrote a post a few months back on running shoes and why they are like boyfriends and compared the flashy/pretty running shoes that hurt your feet to the bad boys. This reminded me of that but even better. Justin Bobby will never be forgotten.
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    August 12, 2014 at 7:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Glad you liked it! And I remember you post–another great comparison. JB will live in infamy

      August 13, 2014 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Ha! I never really watched the Hills but I was somewhat familiar with the characters. Its just like how you need to find a mature relationship with a guy in order to be happy for the long run (no pun intended), you also need to find a mature relationship with running which, in my opinion, is much harder!
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    August 12, 2014 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So true. Because a dude works with you, running is a honey badger that does what it wants!

      August 13, 2014 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Ha ha I never watched the show so not sure of all of your references but yes running is like relationships. Lots of ups and downs for sure. I haven’t broken up with running but sometimes I threaten too especially lately running is annoying the crap out of me.
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    August 12, 2014 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Every now and then even the best relationships need space!

      August 13, 2014 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    You are so right! Great post
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    August 12, 2014 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I like to think that I’m pretty smart πŸ˜‰

      August 13, 2014 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Rae

    This is hilarious, and incredibly truthful.
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    August 12, 2014 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Harsh truth, but truth nonetheless

      August 13, 2014 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Hilary

    Haha LOVED this πŸ™‚ ! I can totally relate that running is the Justin Bobby of my life as well. I love taking breaks but once I start again it is so good but you are so right runners have to go through phases, because we all know our little legs need a break every now and again!
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    August 12, 2014 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Doncha know it! How have you been, little lady?!

      August 13, 2014 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    This is the best comparison πŸ™‚ And so so true. I was laughing out loud reading it. Right now Ricky Bobby and I are on the rocks but I am slowly warming back up to him (never thought I would say that sentence in my life).
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    August 12, 2014 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, never say never. And sometimes we are hurt and we don’t know why, but we get hurt for a reason. And you are going to come back so much stronger and better for it!

      August 13, 2014 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Run Colby Run

    This is stinkin’ hysterical and I’m sharing it on our Facebook page. HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!! Well done, Lady! πŸ™‚
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    August 12, 2014 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you my love! I knew you would love it πŸ˜€

      August 13, 2014 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Shawna

    ahhhhh the JustinBobby sagaaaa. love your little metaphorical story, chica. although i’m prettttty sure in my life, running has been my “good life choice” in the midst of all the “bad life choices” (aka the boys who are JBs, the late nights, the party girl lifestyle, etc), so i’m thankful i’ve stuck with that (even when it’s hurt me, like currently — BOO) and managed to get rid of the bad boys. let’s revive The Hills, can we? maybe we should start our own version? love that show.
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    August 12, 2014 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let’s definitely start our own version. That would be beyond hysterical.
      Brilliant thought: you are the bad girl and running is reforming you. MIND BLOWN

      August 13, 2014 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Caitlin

    First off, thank you for clarifying who that girl was/is. I saw it and laughed without any idea who she was. Now I do. Secondly, this entire post made me laugh since it’s incredibly true. I always swore I’d never enjoy running/be a runner (just like I swore I’d never date a frat boy or a guy I met in a bar….should have seen it coming when I broke that rule really), but look where I am today haha. I think (and hope) that a lot of the up and down and swearing off and then coming back is part of the learning curve. When you start you have no real clue what you’re doing and it takes time to figure everything out. Hopefully you learn and can find a way to make things work for you….just like in a real relationship hahaha
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    August 12, 2014 at 10:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that I am always here to spread culture and edumacation around. And preach on the other points–it’s all a learning curve, but as long as you are being true and fair to yourself, ultimately, it should hopefully work out. Or you call Susie and she will eff up a brother.

      August 13, 2014 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    hahaha I was laughing out loud this entire time!! I’ve had a few JB’s in my life. Right now I’m going to say candy and carbs are my JB. I know I don’t NEED that much of them but I just can’t help myself. Especially when your coworker goes and stocks up the kitchen at work with M&Ms, snickers, honey bbq frito twists, and skittles. They literally stare at me every time I walk through there. I’m good at taking a break from it then WHAM they are all up in my face and I just can’t resist anymore.
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    August 12, 2014 at 10:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ERMIGERD honey bbq frito twists. I know all too well what you mean. I am actually on a similar thing as you right now–I’m dabbling too much. When I start I just can’t stop. It probably also doesn’t help that you have a child and also a triathlete husband.

      August 13, 2014 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Cassie

    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AUDRINA??? Justin Bobby was the worst. I had a real-life Justin Bobby and finally got rid of him. I was shouting about how much I hated myself for being with him for so long the other day when I was running with my friends haha.
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    August 12, 2014 at 10:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness you got rid of him, because you current amour is amazing amazing amazing. ANd love that you brought it full circle–running and bitching about the dude. BE OFF WITH HIM

      August 13, 2014 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Mama Salt

    I am laughing so hard right now because I had no idea who Justin Bobby was at first and when I read the post title I immediately thought of Ricky Bobby.

    Aaaaanyway…now that I’m all clear, this is still hysterical. I’m thinking my job is my current Justin Bobby.

    August 12, 2014 at 11:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WEll Ricky Bobby is a little bit of a bad boy–he likes to go fast, after all πŸ˜‰
      I hope that you and your job get all of this ish figured out. Seriously. I will be the one in corner waiting for you to cry it out and not let you go back.

      August 13, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    Hahaha. Like I said – GENIUS!
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    August 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You were the inspiration!

      August 13, 2014 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Gracie

    Just wanted to say I just found your blog and am so glad I did! You’re fun πŸ˜€
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    August 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so glad that you did and welcome welcome! I hope you will stick around–I like to think fun, too πŸ˜‰

      August 13, 2014 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Ursula

    haha you’re hilarious. I’ve never thought of it like a bad boy but that’s pretty accurate. Especially the part about getting hurt and sticking to it
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    August 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know right. A slightly abusive relationship, but I just hope that we are smart enough to step away if it is best for us!

      August 13, 2014 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    I remember Justin Bobby! OMG I hated him so much. Oh Audrina…
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    August 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      He was such a freaking sleazeball. Like the rest of them, honestly. But for real. I loved LC though. Audrina was hot, but an idiot.

      August 13, 2014 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Hahaha I love this post! Mainly because I love The Hills. MTV here in the UK has just started playing all the episodes back to back during the day. I love working from home πŸ™‚
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    August 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I. am. so. jealous.

      August 13, 2014 at 11:04 am
  • Reply April @ RunTheGreatWideSomewhere

    Yep that sounds pretty much like me and my running relationship! Pretty hilarious, thanks for linking up with us today!

    August 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for hosting! Glad that you enjoyed!

      August 13, 2014 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Katie @glutes and ladders

    Ahhhh I feel exactly this way whenever I get hurt. I hatttte having to sit out from the gym, but you know it’s the right thing to do. You’re too funny and I love the analogy.

    August 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like to think I’m pretty funny πŸ˜€

      August 13, 2014 at 11:05 am
  • Reply MCM Mama

    Hilarious! The half marathon is my Justin Bobby. I can’t seem to quit it…
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    August 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      No you cannot, missy! Running since coming to chicago and being hurt again and again is my JB

      August 13, 2014 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    I can’t even with this post….OMG….dying……
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    August 12, 2014 at 11:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Glad to help πŸ˜€ but please don’t die that would be tragic.

      August 13, 2014 at 11:06 am
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  • Reply Jenni @ Fitzala

    Haha, love how you equated a relationship with running to a terrible bad boy boyfriend. Everything is so true. You are a genius. An original and hilarious one at that.
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    August 13, 2014 at 9:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ::deep bow:: thank you thank you. You are too kind. Basically, my mind is just a jungle of ridiculousness, and I try to sort it through as best I can.

      August 13, 2014 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Kristen

    HAHAHA I LOVE THIS! I used to watch The Hills all the time and Justin Bobby was hilarious! Audrina was not my favorite so he always made me laugh with all the dumb stuff he used to say and do. I may need to dig up some old episodes on Netflix now!

    Anyways, I like the way you compared it to running. While I’ve never broken up with running, I do feel that sometimes our relationship suffers and I have cheated on it before (with Barre3) but ultimately it’s my true love and I work to keep our relationship going. And now I feel silly talking about running like that πŸ™‚
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    August 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Not silly, and if it is, then we are all positively ninnies. I loved the Hills, especially in the first few seasons, before the all realized how much money they could make off of it. And don’t we know, whether it be with running, barre, or people, all relationships take work!

      August 14, 2014 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Jill

    A piece of literary genius here Susie!! Love it! Bad boys and running just hurt so good don’t they?!
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    August 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can I get that framed, please? A piece of literary genius….about Justin Bobby, of all people!

      August 14, 2014 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Jill

    Oh and also you’ve made me realize how much I miss The Hills. They just don’t make quality low grade reality TV like that anymore do they?!? Can we at least get a Hills reunion or something please???
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    August 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is so true. And can we also talk about how good the music and cinematography was too please?

      August 14, 2014 at 11:18 am
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  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    This has got to be one of the best posts I’ve ever read. Love your take on it. Sorry i’ve been absent, am just now catching up on all of my fav blogs!
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    August 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, yay! Well I’m glad to be included, and so glad that you liked it!

      August 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Allison

    HA! I just ran across this and absolutely love the comparison! Hopefully in the end, running and I have a happy and stable relationship – unlike Justin Bobby and Audrina’s (I’m assuming) now defunct relationship. Thanks for the good laugh πŸ™‚
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    January 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always happy to oblige! And yes, let’s be rid of JB forever. No one needs that ish in their lives!

      January 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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  • Reply Liz

    Love this! So hilarious, and so true!
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    June 4, 2015 at 2:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It will always be one of my favorite posts!

      June 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    My JB is swimming. No wait, I don’t even like that on the best day. It’s good for me though.
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    February 14, 2017 at 6:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ahaha. I just hate getting into the pool. Once I’m in there, I’m better!

      February 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

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